1 out of 3 persons tested in Dimapur is positive
At Dimapur Airport, every 2nd test was positive from Apr 17-29
Dimapur, May 1: The COVID-19 situation in Nagaland is getting out of control with the past week (April 24 to 30) reporting a positivity rate of 25%, which translates to one positive case out of every 4 persons tested.
The situation is worse in Dimapur, which continues to report the bulk of COVID-19 cases in the State. The weekly (April 24-30) positivity rate in Dimapur is more than the State’s weekly average at 37%, which translates to 1 positive case out of every 3 samples tested. In Kohima, the positivity rate is also high at 22%.
According to the COVID-19 weekly bulletin released by the State Health & Family Welfare Department, in the past week out of 4409 samples tested in the State, 1087 were positive. Ten deaths were also reported in the past week.
Let’s consider some recent weekly data. For 4 weeks (Feb 27 to Mar 5, Mar 6-12, Mar 13-19 & March 20-26), the positivity rate was 1%, which means 1 positive person out of 100 tested. In the following week (March 27 to April 2), the positivity rate jumped to 13%, but it again fell down to 1% in the next week (April 3-9), followed by a slight rise to 4% (April 10-16). This climbed to 14% last week (April 17-23), and it almost doubled this week (April 24-30) to 25%.
This increase in positivity is a worrying trend, particularly considering the crumbling health infrastructure in the State. An increase in positivity means that fewer numbers of tests are required to find one COVID-19 positive case. It is inversely proportional.
The monthly positivity rate in the State this year has also seen an unprecedented spike – from 3.6% in January, February – 2%, March – 2.3% to 15.5% in April 2021.
Out of the 1087 confirmed cases in the past week (April 24-30), 578 (53%) were traced contact/self test; travelers/returnees – 457 (42%), armed forces/security – 39 (4%) and frontline workers – 13 (1%).
In fact, testing of travelers and returnees at Dimapur Airport showed positivity rate of 54%, according to the weekly bulletin.
From April 17 to 29, the bulletin said 833 samples were tested from Dimapur Airport and 449 passengers were found to be positive with a positivity rate of 54%. “People tested positive at arrival are likely to have got the infection before boarding the plane,” it said.
Another major worry is that the percentage of reported symptomatic cases in the State has increased from 5% to 12% between 2020 and 2021. “More people are reporting with symptoms compared to last year,” said the weekly bulletin.
The most common presenting feature among symptomatic cases in Nagaland is fever, cough and breathlessness. Symptoms like diarrhoea are also increasingly reported, it said.
Meanwhile Dimapur continues to report the bulk of COVID-19 cases in the State, with the district reporting over 75% of the State’s daily total cases. The weekly positivity rate in Dimapur is also more than the State’s weekly average at 37%, which translates to 1 positive case out of every 3 samples tested. In Kohima, the positivity rate is also high at 22%.
Meanwhile out of 1261 active cases in the State (as on April 30), the 4 districts with highest number of active cases are 965 in Dimapur, 222 in Kohima, Mokokchung – 23 and 20 in Tuensang. (Page News Service)